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Deacon Jubilees - November 2015

The Northern Cross - November 2015
Local News in Brief - Permanent Deacon Jubilees
30 Years

Deacon Richard Laumeyer was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Bishop Robert Brom on June 30, 1985, for the Diocese of Duluth.

Deacon Laumeyer is an insurance agent and owns Lake Superior Agency in Duluth. He and his wife Mary have two children.

During his diaconate he has been chaplain of the Third Order of Franciscans; president of Union Gospel Mission in Duluth; organizer of ministry to the Diocese of St. Vincent, sister diocese of the Diocese of Duluth; coordinator of the diocesan divorced and separated ministry; spiritual director for Cursillo weekends; past lay director of Cursillo/Diocese of Duluth; hospital ministry; Lakeshore Lutheran board member and prison ministry under Bishop Brom. He sees his ministry as one of empowering and enabling the laity.

Deacon Laumeyer has served at St. Michael’s Church, Duluth, and St. Lawrence Church, Duluth, and he is currently serving at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Duluth.

25 Years

Deacon Eugene Biever was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Duluth by then-Bishop Roger Schwietz on Nov. 24, 1990.

He and his wife Darlene have four children and three foster children. Deacon Biever is retired from his position as the director of Pine Technical College.

During his diaconate ministry, Deacon Biever has served at baptisms, weddings and funerals. His major ministry is working with couples who are divorced and separated, and family life. He talks at retreats and seminars. He presents talks on family, marriage, divorced and separated, family and couples, and does single divorced counselling.

For diocesan ministry he was a driving force in developing the curriculum for the diocesan Adult Catechesis Program that was held for three consecutive years in three of the deaneries 15 years ago. Deacon Biever was also a committee member of the Human Life and Development Fund.

He has been assigned to Immaculate Conception Church in Pine City since his ordination.

Deacon Greg Woznick was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Duluth by then-Bishop Roger Schwietz on Nov. 24, 1990.

Deacon Woznick’s wife Merice died in 2013. They have three children and many grandchildren. Deacon Woznick is a retired business consultant, retail store owner and manager.

His service as a deacon included being a lector, Eucharistic minister, ex-officio parent council and RCIA instructor.

Deacon Woznick served at St. Edward Church in Longville and St. Paul Church in Remer before serving at St. Thomas Church in International Falls until he retired and left the Diocese of Duluth in 1993. Deacon Woznick currently lives in Monticello.

15 Years

Deacon Luverne Anderson was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Duluth by Bishop Fredrick Campbell on Nov. 26, 2000.

Deacon Anderson and his wife Betty have five children. Deacon Anderson is a retired postmaster.

His ministry includes being a committee member of the diocesan Human Life and Development Fund and trainer of liturgical ministers. He also participated in parish outreach to the sick and those in need, is a homilist and teaches adult Bible study.

Deacon Anderson served in the parishes of Our Lady of Fatima, Garrison, and Holy Family Church, Hillman (Bulldog Lake). He is currently serving at St. James Church in Aitkin. He is retired and resides in Aitkin.

Deacon Francis Zaren was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Duluth by Bishop Frederick Campbell on Nov. 26, 2000.

Deacon Zaren and his wife Marie have two children. He is a paper mill worker.

His diaconal service includes being a Eucharistic minister, presiding at Communion services, baptisms, marriages, wakes, funerals and gravesite services. He also visits and brings Communion to the elderly and sick. Before ordination he helped with marriage preparation, RCIA, Marriage Encounter and TEC. He also performed duties of the sacristan.

Deacon Zaren has served at St. Thomas Church in International Falls since his ordination.